UCI News

Forbes, June 20, 2018
When I Walked Across The Stage, My Parents Were Graduating, Too
Emily Lin ’18, writes, “As a first-generation college student, I know firsthand the power that a college education has to change lives, not just for graduates, but for their families too. In many ways, when I earned my degree from the University of California, Irvine last week, my parents graduated with me. I owe my diploma to their unconditional support, and to the courage they had to move to this country to provide a better life for our family.”

The Wall Street Journal, June 15, 2018
People Aren’t Rational, and That’s Why We Need Free Trade
Richard B. McKenzie, professor emeritus at UCI Merage School of Business, writes, “While some behaviorists support government “nudges” to improve human decision making, politicians and bureaucrats often are no better at making rational decisions than ordinary citizens. Markets are a more effective mechanism for rewarding rational thinking.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Gizmodo, June 19, 2018
Can Thousands of Smartphones Help Detect Cosmic Rays?
CREDO’s app joins DECO and CRAYFIS, two other particle-detector apps that use mobile phone cameras in order to detect high-energy particles. … “We are in touch with [CREDO] and talking about how to work together to combine data from different kinds of detectors,” said Daniel Whiteson, University of California, Irvine physicist and principal investigator of CRAYFIS.

Reuters, June 20, 2018
Commentary: How to ‘fix’ social media without censorship
David Kaye, professor at the UC Irvine School of Law, writes, “The Cambridge Analytica/Facebook scandal may have changed the way millions of people perceive the risks to privacy when they go online. But it could have obscured an equally profound digital age debate: widespread resistance to internet companies’ role as the global speech police of the digital age. The future of free speech depends on getting this debate right.”

Men’s Health, June 19, 2018
6 Life Lessons You Can Learn From Successful A**holes
“A**holes don’t succeed because they’re a**holes,” says Aaron James, a professor of philosophy at UC Irvine and the author of A**holes: A Theory. “The a**hole tendencies make it easier for them to accept some basic strategies for getting ahead that nice guys might forget.”

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